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Pence cracks door to electricity deregulationRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Pence administration is discussing whether to include electric-utility deregulation in a new state energy policy, making Indiana one of the few states since California’s electricity crisis to consider opening its market to competition.
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Team owner pitches lawmakers on soccer stadium

February 14, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indy Eleven owner Ersal Ozdemir fielded questions from legislators Thursday about the $87 million, state-financed outdoor stadium he has proposed. The meeting started with a warm reception for Ozdemir, and lacked any testimony against the plan.
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Gay-marriage ban off ballot at least until 2016

February 13, 2014
Associated Press
Opponents of an effort to place Indiana's gay marriage ban in the state constitution won a surprising victory Thursday as the Senate effectively pushed off a statewide vote on the issue for at least two years, and possibly longer.
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Appeals court: IBM breached contract with state

February 13, 2014
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
The Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed a Marion County judge's finding that IBM did not materially breach the contract it had with the state to modernize its welfare system.
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Convenience stores prepare case to sell cold beer

February 13, 2014
Scott Olson
The stores' lawsuit against the state argues that Indiana's law governing cold-beer sales is unconstitutional. But a phalanx of other beverage retailers has lined up to oppose the action.
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House panel takes corporate tax increase out of mass transit bill

February 12, 2014
 The Statehouse File
If the House approves the bill as amended, it will set up a debate between the Republican-controlled chambers about who pays for expanded transit.
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Pence open to replacing any revenue lost in tax bill

February 11, 2014
 The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday he’s open to proposals to “fully replace” the revenue that local governments might lose under a Senate plan to cut the personal property tax for thousands of businesses across Indiana.
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Another delay in health law's employer requirement

February 11, 2014
Associated Press
The Obama administration Monday granted employers another delay in a heavily criticized requirement that medium-to-larger firms cover their workers or face fines.
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Plan to cut business-equipment tax draws debate

February 10, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana House lawmakers took up a Senate proposal to cut business taxes on Monday, as fiscal leaders continued working behind the scenes to craft a compromise package of cuts this legislative session.
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Senate panel approves altered same-sex marriage ban

February 10, 2014
Associated Press
The Senate Rules Committee voted 8-4 Monday afternoon along party lines to advance the measure following three hours of emotional testimony from supporters and opponents.
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Welfare drug screening bill divides lawmakers

February 9, 2014
Associated Press
Welfare abuse is driving an Indiana effort to require recipients to be screened for the likelihood of addiction and limit food stamps to the purchase of only "nutritional foods."
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Bitter winter hitting Indiana's revenue stream

February 9, 2014
Associated Press
Nearly every state revenue category failed to hit its January target, including sales taxes and personal income taxes — Indiana's two largest revenue sources.
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Pence continues push for state-funded preschool

February 8, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence made another pitch for a pilot program to help families earning less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level send their children to public or private preschool.
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Experts see limits to state's low-tax strategyRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Thanks to a concerted effort to lower taxes and government spending, Indiana ousted Texas this year in the Tax Foundation’s annual ranking of business tax climates. Indiana now holds the No. 10 spot and could rise higher by eliminating the business personal property tax, an equipment tax that experts say deters investment.
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Much of ambitious legislative agenda remains aliveRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
Despite concerns that debating a constitutional amendment defining marriage would rip our state apart, that didn’t happen and the General Assembly has proven quite productive—as well as judicious in deciding what issues not to become entangled in during the “short” session.
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Pence: Session ‘productive’ so far, agenda largely intact

February 6, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Thursday he’s pleased with the way his agenda is faring at the halfway point of the 2014 session of the General Assembly.
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Indiana gets low-interest loans for tornado relief

February 6, 2014
Associated Press
Businesses, residents and some not-for-profits in 19 Indiana counties recovering from the November tornado outbreak can receive low-interest federal disaster loans.
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Legislators advancing tighter Indiana scooter rules

February 6, 2014
Associated Press
Sen. Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, said he expects to take up the bill the House approved this week that would require scooters to have license plates and their drivers pass a road-sign test.
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State offers to help Indiana propane users find fuel

February 6, 2014
Associated Press
The state and federal government have taken steps to help propane users deal with an ongoing shortage of the fuel, which an estimated 500,000 Hoosiers rely on to heat their homes.
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Industry providing cash advances for lawsuit payoffs fights bill

February 5, 2014
Associated Press
The director of a group of financing companies warned Wednesday that lawmakers "would eliminate this industry from Indiana" should they approve a measure targeting companies that provide cash advances to people awaiting payoffs in personal injury lawsuits.
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Senator steers clear of beer wholesaler legal battle

February 5, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Sen. Ron Alting stripped language from a bill that could have derailed a federal court case brought by Indianapolis-based Monarch Beverage Co.
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Statehouse update: Fenced hunting, phone privacy, barn preservation, more

February 4, 2014
Associated Press,  The Statehouse File
Lawmakers in the Indiana General Assembly voted on several pieces of legislation Tuesday at the Statehouse, including bills involving teacher preparation, gun penalties and veteran brain injuries. Here's a rundown.
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Indiana Senate sends bill to kill Common Core to House

February 4, 2014
The state would move away from controversial Common Core education standards and replace them with curriculum guides written by Indiana officials under a bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday.
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Pension board, lawmakers hash out annuity worries

February 4, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana state pension system is pressing ahead with a proposal to privatize state employees' annuity savings accounts, even as legislators consider placing a hold on the move for five years amid widespread concerns that state workers would lose valuable benefits.
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Mass-transit bill slips through Senate with changes

February 4, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The Senate passed a mass transit bill 28-20 on Tuesday that’s meant to give central Indiana residents authority to impose new taxes to pay for an expanded bus system for the region.
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  4. As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss is build quality & price. First none of these places is worth $1100 for a one bedroom. Downtown Carmel or Keystone at the Crossing in Indy. It doesn't matter. All require you to get in your car to get just about anywhere you need to go. I'm in one of the Carmel apartments now where after just 2.5 short years one of the kitchen cabinet doors is crooked and lawn and property maintenance seems to be lacking my old Indianapolis apartment which cost $300 less. This is one of the new star apartments. As they keep building throughout the area "deals" will start popping up creating shoppers. If your property is falling apart after year 3 what will it look like after year 5 or 10??? Why would one stay here if they could move to a new Broad Ripple in 2 to 3 years or another part of the Far Northside?? The complexes aren't going to let the "poor" move in without local permission so that's not that problem, but it the occupancy rate drops suddenly because the "Young" people moved back to Indy then look out.

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